Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing

The Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing, or RN to MSN, option gives you educational and career mobility. If you are a registered nurse (RN) with an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree or a nursing diploma from an accredited program and have earned several additional undergraduate general education credits, this program may be for you! Even though you are busy with a career and family responsibilities, you can still earn an MSN degree.

As a student in the RN to MSN option, you will apply to one of our MSN specialty tracks at the time you apply for admission. You will complete undergraduate general education requirements and transition courses then begin studies in the MSN track to which you have been admitted. Upon successful completion of the required courses, you will graduate with an MSN degree. You will not receive a BSN degree in the process.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the MSN program you will:

  • Model excellence in nursing leadership to improve nursing practice within a complex healthcare system.
  • Conduct advanced nursing practice within ethical–legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of practice.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing as well as biological, behavioral, social, administrative, educational, and communication sciences for application to a chosen domain of advanced practice nursing.
  • Demonstrate scholarly inquiry and reflection that exemplifies critical, creative, and systems thinking to advance the practice of nursing.
  • Frame problems, design interventions, specify outcomes, and measure achievement of outcomes while balancing human, fiscal, and material resources to achieve quality health outcomes.
  • Use information technology and knowledge-based resources to manage and transform data that inform clinical practice.
  • Systematically apply evidence from research findings to answer clinical questions, solve clinical problems, and develop innovative nursing interventions and health policies for selected patient populations.
  • Demonstrate collaborative practice and interpret nursing science within an interdisciplinary context.
  • Articulate the effects of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services.
  • Engage in life-long learning activities that contribute to professional development as well as to the advancement of nursing.

RN to MSN admission criteria include:

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale based on all credit hours attempted at all colleges/universities attended.
  • Successful completion of a nursing program accredited by ACEN or CCNE.
  • The equivalent of  at least two years of full-time current practice as an RN in a clinical setting relevant to the graduate track to which you are seeking admission.
  • An unencumbered RN license from one of the 50 U.S. states

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